Bailey's Blonde Ale | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Bailey's Blonde AleBailey's Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies 6.5 - 7.5%

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

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Ratings: 168 |  Reviews: 115
Reviews by travolta:
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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1Pt. 9.4oz bottle
Apperance: This one gave gnarly head. It was ROCKY, like a mountain of foam. The brew was a true golden color. The white head was white and sticky.

Nose: Citrus, Nice lemon and orange, spice, and herbs.

Taste: Bitter, orange and herb.

Notes: The head of this beer is the best part. It's amazing.

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slight hazed well blonde of course with a huge blooming white head that caught me off guard almost overflowing the glass and it took its sweet time coming down leaving a soap-scum like trace behind.Love the hops in the nose citrus oil dominates with underlying pine and lightly toasted grain,a grainy lighter mouthfeel not watery just on the thinner side.Bright flavors of floral hop and citrus not overly complex by any means a light toastiness underneath the hops but not much in malt complexities but it goes down oh so easily for 7.5%alc let me tell ya.Hmm a good beer if not complex, a good summer quaffer and the biggest blonde ale I have had to date.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

This hefty-sized ale is hazed pale golden with a thick crown of lace from its very active carbonation. It has a pretty wild nose; citric, earthy and a little peppery, with bread, biscuit dough and pears. Its smooth and creamy medium body is a bit in the raw, with full-on yeast flavors, fruitiness and all. This does not, however, interrupt the complex overtones of biscuity malt, citric herbal and woody hop flavors; there's also a perfect level of bitterness. This beer's rawness does not take away from its drinkability; it actually pulls us in, sip after sip. Amazing.

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Photo of SmellTheGluv
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sponberg
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ol' bottle, poured into a 20 oz pint glass - very slowly, as the yeast they used to bottle condition this puppy is a rowdy one. Pale hazy gold with a huge white head.

Aroma of coarse citric hop, yeast, bready malt - says "drink me!" So I did. Starts with a nice, sharp citric hop bite that lingers throughout and really sets the tone. Then yeastiness, a (slightly) grainy-in-a-good-way malt, a touch of honeylike sweetness join in, followed by a coriander flavor I'd expect from a Wit - maybe not to style, but damn does it balance everything else out nicely (see below). Very spritzy, tingly mouthfeel. Finishes with a great, dryish grapefruit rind, with bready malt and coriander-honey notes, aftertaste. Bailey's a good dog, yes he is!

2004 update: No coriander to speak of; just a beautiful, rustic, hoppy pale ale. Highly carbonated, but the bitter/citrus/malty/yeastiness of it makes for such an enjoyable brew. Should have bought a case instead of a bottle - and the wagon instead of the sedan so that it could fit along with all of the kid detritus from a Cape trip.

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Photo of Jason
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap @ Bukowski’s Tavern.

Appearance: One of the hazier blonde ales in the market, quite active carbonation holds the white lace together.

Smell: Smells of citric hop and bread malt, just the way a blonde ale should smell like.

Taste: A lush textured carbonation that is a bit on the high side, this helps with the hop bitterness bite. Sizeable citric flavour from the hops, maltiness is balance with the hops and throws down an even bready maltiness. Hints of alcoholic esters and yeast in the back of the mouth. Finishes crisp and dry with lingering pale grain and citric hop.

Notes: On this triple H day in Boston this was a needed quencher though I’d drink this year round if it was available on draft around town.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Thrasher
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of a 4-pack of 750s packaged with a cd of some very amateur-sounding music. Gives the package a real homespun vibe. Bottle reads: "good fresh beer." Ah that's the ticket! Beer is extremely pale gold, hazy, with tight fluffy head that sticks. Some light maltiness and breadiness in nose. Flavor is dominated by yeast which is a little unfortunate as their are some interesting things going on. Best to let it sit and warm. Hop bitterness is evident, reminiscent of a soft pilsner, but again overshadowed by sour yeast. Some lemon characteristics but overall not as hoppy as I was anticipating.
This would be a fine beer if there was less yeast. It just doesn't seem fit the style. On tap I'm sure it is great. Bottle-conditioned, though, there is just too much to keep this delicate beer from being overwhelmed. I prefer to drink any really yeasty beers (which are by and large Belgian) with a meal, so perhaps I am doing this beer an injustice by drinking it on its own. What would I drink with this beer? How about a big red fresh boiled lobster, with generous amounts of butter and lemon. Keep it simple. Sorry to make so much of the yeast element, I'm sure others will take a sip of this beer and wonder what I'm fussing about.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating system on bottles just arrived in the Pittsburgh market, this is a beefier blonde than your average release. Appears a slightly hazed bright sunshine golden with a thicket of white head floating above the sides of my glass. Aroma has some bright citrus notes with rough grains and a bit of nutty yeast notes actually. A very much New England smelling brew that I'm sure goes great with lobster, I'm sensing some English brewing tradition I won't go as far to call it out on Ringwood or an Alan Pugsley system but there's something going on here. Flavor has a nice blend of hop bitterness with herbal slightly citric flavors going on really hits the palate, with a lighter malt biscuit approach and again some nutty/rising bread yeast notes along with the complexity of the rest of the additions. No booze coming straight out, but what an interesting experience. Mouthfeel has a dry finish with hops/yeast combo hitting you, medium bodied interesting experience. Mild even keeled carbonation. Overall experience is one I will revisit, like I said this beer lives and breathes Nantucket. Grab some Lobster and some of this and it will probably knock you out.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Dewey0603
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy golden yellow with a giant head, although head is too big like all their other beers. The smell is slightly hoppy,but the biggest aroma is the 'bisquity' scent that is very nice. The taste is very lager like, some grains and hops. This is very refreshing with some floral flavors,but the hops do leave a bitter aftertaste. This is a good brew that should not be overlooked.

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Photo of Stigs
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a billowing amount of fluffy and frothy bright white foam. the beer is just a touch hazy, very bright gold in color. leaves behind some big spots of fluffy wet lace clinging to the glass. nice on the eyes.

S - grainy from front to back, noble hops come through with lemon peel and grass characteristics with a faint touch of floral to it as well.

T - bold, crisp crackery pale malt provide the base layer for fair amount of noble hops. wet grass, lemon, and a hint of grapefruit are all there. there is also a faint bit of fusel alcohol which becomes noticeable as the beer warms a bit.

M - light, refreshing body with crisp and active carbonation. finishes pretty clean, with some mild lingering noble hoppy bitterness.

D - solid, and potent for the style...perhaps suffers from trying just a bit too much. good for an odd hop craving or two, though.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cisco's Bailey's Ale is anything but a cross-over beer for people seeking a "blonde" or "golden" ale. A bold bitterness (and alcohol content!) that leans towards IPA levels lurks within its slightly hazy (it's bottle conditioned in the 750 ml bottle) deep-golden-orange body. And as usual for their beers, the head retention is quite good and it leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose delivers a bright combination of very grassy hops and yeasty fruitiness (or is that from the hops as well?) that's not particularily overwhelming, or even welcoming, but is otherwise clean and welcoming. The body is medium-light; and its exceptionally fine and zesty natural carbonation tickles the tongue. A mild maltiness, grassy hop flavor, and rock-solid bitterness fight it out in the flavor leaving it a bit bland (or should I say undecided?) upfront; but it finishes extra-dry and refreshing with a splash of tangerine and grapefruit citrus hops that fades to more a grassy and spruce-like character as it lingers. Bold, bright, refreshing, and loaded with alcohol.... this is no amature beer!

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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clean looking beer with a soapy white head, transparent and lacing everywhere. Nose is all spicy grassy floral hops with a present but shy malt sweet backbone. Sweet light caramel starts it off & immediately followed by a mouth exploding floral orange hop burst - I'm guessing some use of Amarillo hops, amazingly balanced and drinkable. That hop goodness lingers for a few minutes after the sip, drinkability: high.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellowish color. Fortunately, my batch wasn't over carbonated, perhaps because I purchased it on the island. Slightly bitter taste, with a somewhat citris tinge. I found no traces of yeast in my glass. Dry, a perfect beer for a summer night.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to LarryG for this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and skunky hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, and skunky hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. For a Blonde Ale this one had quite a bit going on in the flavor department. The skunky hop was definitely present in this one, but seemed to fit in the overall beer quite well and wasn't very invasive as some skunky hop brews are. Really solid Blonde Ale if I'm honest. This one actually motivated me to go outside and drink it in the sun that day. Definitely worth trying for any Blonde fan out there or the curious alike.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Pours a lovely dirty blonde yellow color with thick thick thick creamy white foam. After the pours, foam ice caps remain in the liquid brew. The lacing is like shaving cream on the side of the glass.

Smell is mild sweet, with some hop coming through. Not terribly notable.

Taste is honey sweet, but just a bit, taken over by a flavorful hop that rides out the sensation the rest of the way. There's some citrus in there as well. Modestly carbonated in the mouthfeel.

A drinkable brew, though not sure I'd reup after my first 22oz-er. But tasty nevertheless. More hoppy than a I'd expect from a Blonde ale, but definitely notches below an APA.

Love the labels!

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Photo of Trailmix242
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of KATE12
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on nitro at Cisco in Nantucket. The head was rich and thick and the beer poured a golden straw color. It had a floral smell with almost a berry hint in it. The taste was exceptional-hoppy and a bit fruity with a smooth finish.

A very drinkable beer. I wonder if I would like it as much if I didn't have it from the nitro tap. It was full of flavor and had a great head but I imagine some of that would be lost if pouring from a bottle or even a regular tap.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, a huge thanks to pmlondrigan for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a slightly reddish hue though if I had to categorize it, it would be more of a "blonde" look - perhaps a strawberry blonde look, heh. Over a finger of white, fluffy and slowly receding head is achieved, which leaves great lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Slight floral hops, malty caramel, and some bitterness present.

Taste - Similar to the nose, though there is the distinct off bitter taste I can't put my finger on. Overall, seems to be like a mild IPA. A relatively non-noteicable malt backbone which is surprising since the nose gave me the impression there would be a decent amount of caramel and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, decent carbonation, finishes with a bitter, dry bite.

Drinkability - Honestly, this is pretty damn easy to drink. While it isn't the best beer in the world, at such a high ABV for a Blonde, this is an easily quaffable beer. No alcohol is noticed, both in the aroma or through warming of the throat. Not a bad beer at all and I kind of want to try their pumpkin ale now.

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Photo of GregPearson33
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I opened it a thick (bottle conditioned?) froth began to overflow from the bottle. The head has pretty loose lacing with big sticky fireman's foam bubbles that stick to the sides of the glass even as it dissipates. I can see very active carbonation through my super special Sam Adams tasting glass - I really do like this thing! Anyway, the beer also has a great light golden-straw color which I'm finding particularly inviting (probably because it alludes to lighter taste and better drinkability than say, one of the imperial stouts I've been drinking all winter).

The smell was floral with definite hints of sour apple and citrus as well. Taste was similar similar to a Belgian (go figure...) with sour pear notes that were presented well in front of a slight bitter after bite. Given the relatively high ABV I think this had tremendous drinkability, almost more similar to a lager than ale.

Decent brew overall.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/9/2012, so it's nearly 7 months old, bummer.
It pours a brassy orange with fair clarity, long lasting foam and sudsy lacing, a spotty band adheres to the rim of the glass. A delicate thin veil of skim maintains itself for the entire glass.

Grassy faded hop tea aromas, mild with a vague grainy malt note.

Flavors follow suit, some vague dried citrus peel of Centennial and bready pale malt sweetness, light residual hop bitterness. Light bodied, dry with a decent hop presence still detectable. The tea notes are telltale signs of age, but its not entirely faded. A fresher sample is needed to give it a fair shake, hopefully the shop will still carry it in singles.

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Bailey's Blonde Ale from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 168 ratings